Blackeyed Susan Kind of Mood

I’m sitting here snuffing and not feeling so good – my sweet¬†granddaughters shared their cold with me last week. I thought I had resisted the bugs but today I woke up with the sniffles.

I need some Blackeyed Susans to brighten my day. I need yellow. These are from last year’s garden and although I’m enjoying the peace of my winter garden, I’m also looking forward to next summer’s explosion of color.

I just realized how much I enjoy having my photos of my flowers to play around with. It is almost like gardening but not nearly as much work. Unfortunately I can’t have the photos of my flowers if I don’t do some work upfront. It did sound too good to be true. Anyway welcome to my photo garden. I would be happy to pick you a bouquet to take back with you.

Sunny Side of Life

Sunny Side of Life

Garden Runneth Over with Cheer

Garden Runneth Over with Cheer


Travel Theme: New

Ailsa is challenging us to post photos that speak to us about new. Working on this post brought a sense of excitement as I thought about why these images reflect “new”.

This first photo was taken on Newfoundland in Gros Morn National park. These new growth pine trees are so fresh and the bigger one is still perfectly shaped. The wind and weather are so harsh that in a few years this tree will be misshapen. The wind forces trees to grow at grotesque angles and kills the needles on the side facing the wind.

Gros Morne 022

The next image is the lovely bud of a new Hibiscus blossom.

morning walk Wed 2 031

The most beautiful “new” for me is the sight of the sun coming up outside my favorite window signifying a new day.

morning color 002

To see more images that reflect an understanding of new, or to share your own, visit here.


Travel Theme: Circles

Ailsa’s travel theme this week is “Circles” and she posts some beautiful images here. I love photographing architecture and especially the graceful curves that are used in so much of architecture. But I promised myself not to use photos of partial circles (curves) but use full circles. Here are three of my favorites found while traveling in the Maritime Provinces of Canada.

Thursday pics 033

St. Johns NF

St Johns 051

To add your photos to the fun, go to:

Travel theme: Circles

November Morning

I have been waiting for this day since we returned to Michigan. I drank my morning coffee as the sun was coming up to a cloudless day. The sky was crystal clear blue and the air was still so I put on my new walking shoes, winter coat, pulled a red hat down over my hair and ears, and put on my red gloves. I grabbed my camera and was off.

I didn’t know how cold it was but knew it was cold because my eyes watered and burned and my nose got really cold. I later learned that it was 20 degrees F but I didn’t care because I was out to explore a new path that I saw yesterday when I went through the neighborhood in the opposite direction. I have been walking this neighborhood for four years and never noticed it.

Winter Morning

That little sign on the left says something about no hunting or trespassing. It didn’t stop me – I figure that at my age and with a camera around my neck I could talk my way out of any mess I get myself into. The beginning of the path is like a drive – it goes between the houses that face the street and some houses that are built way back from the road with other drives.

I’m not sure what the purpose of this path is but the walking was easy and the first thing I noticed was fresh deer tracks in sandy soil – unusual for here because we have lots of heavy clay.

Winter Morning

The walking was easy because of moss underfoot…

november Morning


November Morning

This was the end of the groomed trail but I easily climbed over this and found all kinds of delights as I walked on down the path.

November Morning

November Morning

The walking became more difficult as I had to watch for fallen limbs among the leaves. I finally came to a point where there wasn’t a trail and the walking was too hard so I turned around. On the way back, the sun was high enough to cast beautiful shadows across a mossy lane that seemed to go to the back of someone’s home.

I hated to reach the road and leave this natural trail and all its treasures for the well-manicured lawns of the neighborhood. But there were other treasures to photograph and I’ll share those on another day.

I was taking a few last shots in my yard when my camera stopped working – the memory card was full. I had been gone 2 hours and had taken 275 photos. What a fun way to spend a late November morning.

Beauty thru my Lens: Bird of Paradise

Strelitzia – Bird of Paradise

I feel like I am in a whole other world. I have spent a lifetime learning the plants that would grow in the colder climate of Michigan, and even learned those that were exceptions given the unique micro-climate of my gardens. Now I am having to start over because so many plants here in Florida are “foreign” to me. Today I found a book that will help, published by Southern Living – a big book of over 700 pages of plants that grow in the southern regions. What I am learning is that almost anything that grows anywhere will grow here – especially if giving a little extra treatment. Spring bulbs need to be dug up and placed in the frig each year.